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Climate change to remain on school geography syllabus

Climate change will continue to be taught in geography across key stages 1-3 in England, after education secretary Michael Gove scrapped plans to take it off the national curriculum. The move represents a victory for a number of campaigners, teachers, environmentalists and scientists, as well as energy secretary Ed...


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Clean technology investment ‘reenergised’ after Obama climate speech

Barack Obama’s June speech on climate change has been credited with helping boost investment in clean technology in the second three months of 2013. According to market intelligence firm Cleantech Group, the president’s address at Georgetown University was an integral factor in the 56% increase in venture capital financing into...


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Rowers set off on Arctic journey made possible by global warming

A four-man Irish-Canadian team of rowers embarked on a trip on Monday that they say is only possible because of global warming. The rowers, who between them have previously broken world records by rowing the Atlantic, canoeing across Canada and skiing to the South Pole, aim to row the...


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Penny Shepherd: my UKSIF departure is ‘au revoir’ not ‘farewell’

As chief executive of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), Penny Shepherd became known as one of the industry’s foremost authorities in the sector. She revealed her intention to step down earlier this year, and recently spoke to Alex Blackburne about her time at UKSIF and the...


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On this day in 1957: cancer and smoking linked

It was 56 years ago today that a 25-year Medical Research Council study confirmed that smoking caused cancer. Tobacco firms rejected the assertion as a ‘matter of opinion’ and it was another 50 years before a full smoking ban in public places came into effect. Over the 12-year period...


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Spending review: ‘reform, growth and fairness’ (but still unsustainable)

Savings or cuts of £11.5 billion were announced today for the spending period 2015/2016. With the lowest interest rates in history, spare capacity in the economy, creaking infrastructure and choked-off demand, the chancellor George Osborne sticks to plan A. Big numbers are always hard to comprehend but £11.5 billion...


The Guide to Climate Change 2013

The Guide to Climate Change 2013

Welcome to Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Climate Change 2013. As one of the defining issues not just of our generation, but of recent human history, manmade climate change represents a major threat to our way of life. Sitting down to plan the report, we didn’t want to...


The Guide to Climate Change 2013

Introducing: The Guide to Climate Change 2013

Welcome to Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Climate Change 2013. As one of the defining issues not just of our generation, but of recent human history, manmade climate change is a major threat to our way of life. Sitting down to plan the report, we didn’t want to simply look...


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‘Renewables will win. It’s just a question of when’

RWE Npower director Nina Skorupska was recently unveiled as the Renewable Energy Association’s (REA) new chief executive. At the end of July, she will take over from Gaynor Hartnell, who has been with the REA since launch in 2001. Reflecting on her time at the helm of the trade...


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We salute capitalism’s disruptive insurgents

Capitalism works when there is lots of competition. Capitalism thrives through innovation and creative destruction of the status quo. Monopolistic and oligopolistic incumbents are a threat to capitalism. If our government really wants the economy to grow sustainably, it should give its backing to the disruptive insurgents across all...


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People love brands – but wouldn’t care if 73% disappear tomorrow

Only 20% of brands are considered to have a positive impact on people’s lives, but these names financially outperform their non-impactful peers, according to a study by Havas Media Group. The Meaningful Brands project, which seeks to analyse how big brands affect people’s wellbeing, also found that the public...


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World governments commit billions to tackle malnutrition in poor countries

World leaders have pledged to fight global hunger and malnutrition, signing an agreement on the same day that campaigners flocked to an anti-hunger rally in London. Signatories of the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact document committed on Saturday to improve the lives of 500 million pregnant women and young...


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Are we secretly pleased about climate change?

To treat combatting climate change as a dreadful chore overlooks technological innovation, argues Seb Beloe of WHEB Asset Management. If you haven’t yet come across the comedian David Mitchell’s short SoapBox on climate change, then I recommend you take a look. But behind the humour lies some serious points. Much...


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‘Monetise’ risks to encourage long-term investment in water security

The financial community needs to be better engaged on water risks, according to one of the world’s largest suppliers of water services. Johann Clere, global shared value director at French firm Veolia Water, said that the water industry needs to be more financially appealing to cash-strapped businesses looking for...


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Renewable energy: awkward teenager, but exceptional achiever

James Beard of the Renewable Energy Association writes about some of the brilliant companies nominated for gongs at the British Renewable Energy Awards on June 13. Renewable energy seems to be in its awkward teenage years in the UK at present. In its infancy, all was loveliness and smiles,...


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